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Life in Stony Brook

Mention of these resources is for information only and is not intended as an endorsement. The following is listed solely for your convenience and their inclusion implies no recommendations or guarantee on the part of the University. For additional information in things to do within the local area, consult the "Beyond the Brook" page from SBU Student Life.

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OVERVIEW

Stony Brook is approximately halfway between New York City (60 miles to the west) and Montauk Point (60 miles to the east). The East End of Long Island forks at Riverhead and then leads to either the South Fork - Montauk Point - or the North Fork - Orient Point.

For transportation options in New York City, visit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system maps.

Five minutes away from SBU by car is Port Jefferson, home to the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company that provides ferry rides to and from Bridgeport, Connecticut daily. On the North Fork there is also Cross Sound Ferry that runs from Orient Point to New London, Connecticut. 

Stony Brook is one of the three villages in the Three Village School District along with Setauket and Old Field. It is located on Long Island’s north shore in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County on the coast of the Long Island Sound. Local area beaches that are open to Brookhaven residents with proof of residency are West Meadow Beach and Cedar Beach. The south shore of Long Island is about 45 minutes away and has many Atlantic Ocean beaches that are open to the public including Smith Point County Park, Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach State Park.

LOCAL HISTORY

Stony Brook and the surrounding towns are also steeped in history. The Three Village area was the site of the Culper Spy Ring during the time of the Revolutionary War. Area museums and historical societies provide insights into the community’s history:

Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages
Stony Brook, NY
631-751-0066
http://www.longislandmuseum.org/

Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society
Miller Place, NY
631-476-5742
http://www.mpmshistoricalsociety.org/

Three Village Historical Society
Setauket, NY
631-751-3730
http://www.tvhs.org/
Smithtown Historical Society
Smithtown, NY
631-265-6768
http://www.smithtownhistorical.org/

EATERIES

Restaurants of all ethnic backgrounds are everywhere on Long Island. To get you started in the immediate area, here is a sample listing - most of which are accessible by the county bus system. Mention of these resources is for information only and is not intended as an endorsement. The following is listed solely for your convenience and their inclusion implies no recommendations or guarantee on the part of the University.

Smith Haven Mall
• California Pizza Kitchen
• The Cheesecake Factory
• T.G.I. Friday’s 
Tara Inn
1519 Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-9602
Salsa Salsa
142 Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-9700
Eastern Pavilion
750 Route 25A
Setauket, NY 11733
631-751-1888
Green Cactus Fresh Mexican Grill
1099 North Country Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0700
Raga Indian Restaurant
130 Old Town Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
631-689-7242

AIRPORTS

The closest airport to Stony Brook is Long Island MacArthur Airport (Islip), which is about 30 minutes away by car. John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport are each about 1-1.5 hours away by car. Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey is about 2-3 hours away (depending strongly on traffic).

HOTELS

There are many hotels on Long Island. The closest ones to campus are listed here: Mention of these resources is for information only and is not intended as an endorsement. The following is listed solely for your convenience and their inclusion implies no recommendations or guarantee on the part of the University.

Stony Brook Hilton Garden Inn
1 Circle Road
Stony Brook, New York, 11794
631-941-2980
(on-campus)
Holiday Inn Express
3131 Nesconset Highway
Centereach, NY 11720
631-471-8000
(free shuttles to/from
airport and SBU)
Three Village Inn
150 Main Street
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0555
Danfords Hotel and Marina
25 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
800-332-6367
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